By Jenni Carlson Modified: August 26, 2008 at 7:14 pm •  Published: August 26, 2008
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Wayman Tisdale had the lower part of his right leg amputated Monday.

Diagnosed early last year with cancer, the Oklahoma basketball legend has been fighting the disease ever since. The surgery to remove the lower part of his leg is expected to eradicate the cancer.

"I have complete faith that with the Lord's blessings, this surgery will eliminate the cancer from my body," Tisdale said in a release.

In Feb. 2007, Tisdale broke his right leg when he fell down a flight of stairs at his Los Angeles home. While examining that injury, doctors discovered a cancerous cyst just below his knee.

Repeated biopsies were inconclusive, but after almost five weeks, tests finally determined that the mass was malignant. He was diagnosed with osteosarcoma.

Tisdale had the cyst removed, had knee replacement surgery, then began chemotherapy.

"The hardest thing for me ... was when the doctor told me that I was going to have to take it easy for awhile," Tisdale said earlier this year. "I was like, 'I don't know how to take it easy.'"

After retiring from basketball in 1997, Tisdale turned his attention to his love of music.



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